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Social Life of Chronic Living

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Chronicity, ageing, and social life

Old-age related health conditions evolve into both a dynamic and an inert chronicity which, in the end, produces a particular quality of life when growing old: the chronification of uncertainty, insecurity, and unpredictability (Manderson, Cartwright & Hardon 2016; Eeuwijk 2020). The fragility and volatility of individual biologies cascades older persons not only into new bodily …

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Of grandparents, memories and the pandemic

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While growing up in a small town in the eastern state of Bengal (India), our summer vacations would be spent in Kolkata at the maternal grandparents (or mamar bari, as fondly referred to by Bengalis). Sitting comfortably on a woven bamboo mat on sultry afternoons, my grandfather would tell us haunting stories of poverty, hunger and death in the most …

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El Virus: A Contagion of Racism & How Networks of Care Can Stop It

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My mother FaceTimed me a month ago and asked if I needed her to ship me hand sanitizer from Phoenix to Oregon. I thought it a silly question, but in hindsight, I should have known better than to doubt my mother. During our chat she informed me that a relative called earlier in the day to check in on her, …

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A home for Sofia: Family, disability and housing in times of Zika epidemics

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A casa de Sofia: família, deficiência e moradia nos tempos da epidemia do Zika

Rumo à realização do sonho

Caía uma chuva fina. Acordei antes do sol nascer para colocar todo mundo de pé. Lavei a louça que estava na pia, passei um café com bastante açúcar. Enquanto isso, minha mãe, que também já havia …

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Toxicology and the chemistry of cohort kinship

Birth cohort studies are characterized as longitudinal investigations of research subjects with at least one common characteristic, usually being born in the same time and place. Such studies are increasingly common around the world and across a number of disciplines (Gibbon and Pentecost 2019), including toxicology. The small group of approximately twenty reproductive and developmental toxicologists I researched while conducting …

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Introduction: Excavating and (re)creating the biosocial; birth cohorts as ethnographic object of inquiry and site of intervention

Longitudinal birth cohorts are increasingly recognised as important for understanding how biological, social and environmental processes interact over time and contribute to health inequalities. Birth cohorts have also become part of global assemblages of knowledge production, particularly in the field of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD, Gluckman et al. 2016), and act as important technologies of evidence …